The word cancer is feared by many people around the world, both when it comes to cancer in humans and in pets. In this article we will talk about cancer in cats.
Cancer in cats it does not necessarily have to be a fatal disease, as many people think. Nowadays cancer has treatment. If it is diagnosed at an early stage, the chances of cure and survival are very high. Understand below how this disease acts on the body of cats.
Understand what cancer is in cats
Cancer is a disease that occurs when the cells in the cat's body begin to multiply uncontrollably. These millions of cells, when clustered, form a tumor, which can be either benign or malignant. Tumors can impair the proper functioning of the cat's organs, thus compromising the health of the cat. Therefore, tumors should be treated as soon as they are detected.
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Benign tumors are far less aggressive than malignant tumors (cancers) and are less likely to spread to other regions of the body. Malignant tumors grow rapidly, in some cases they even spread to other regions of the body, thus causing metastasis.
THE feline cancer it can reach any cell or region of the body. It is more rare, but not impossible, to have cancer in kittens (an example is lymphoma). It is very common to see cases of cancer in older cats.
What are the types of cancer in cats?
There are many variations of cancer in cats, just as there are several types of cancer in humans. We cannot say that any breed is more vulnerable to cancer, although there are some studies that say that cats of Eastern breeds are more vulnerable to feline lymphomas. White cats are more vulnerable to skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) when exposed to the sun, because of the sensitivity of their skin.
Many veterinarians affirm the importance of applying sunscreen to white cats. These cats are more likely to develop feline skin cancer, mainly on the tips of the nose and also on the tips of the ears. White tabby cats also have problems with sun exposure. Nowadays there are specific sunscreens for use on pets.
The most common types of cancer in cats are lymphomas and skin cancers. Lymphoma is a cancer that affects lymph nodes, lymph nodes or ganglia, which are spread over different regions of the cat's body. Because of the higher rate of vaccinations against the leukemia virus in cats, the level of lymphoma in young cats is decreasing. In contrast, the lymphoma rate in older cats is increasing, mainly because of the increased life expectancy of the pussies.
The most common treatment for lymphoma in cats is chemotherapy. There are several types of treatments and chemotherapy remedies for lymphoma, depending on the stage of development of the disease in the cat. Always consult your trusted veterinarian to look for the best treatment for your cat.
Cancer Symptoms in Cats
Because cats are quieter animals and not very expressive when it comes to diseases, it is more difficult to find, in this case cancer, in them. For this reason, it is necessary to note the subtle differences in their behavior. Stop and reflect on some of these questions: Is your cat's body changing: Is he losing weight, muscle mass and / or appetite? Is your cat always tired and doesn't want to play anymore? Is his urine smelly, or a strange smell, out of the ordinary?
It is very important to note that not all of these symptoms and questions are directly linked to cancer in cats. Some of the symptoms mentioned above may be linked to problems with your cat's urinary tract. What we want to make very clear is, if you notice any unusual or unusual behavior in your cat, take it to your trusted veterinarian.
Here we will list some symptoms of skin cancer in cats:
Metastasis in skin cancer is very common. Most of the time, the treatment is surgical, but surgery is not a guarantee that the cancer will not reoccur later on.
Feline Cancer Treatments
There are several types of treatment for cancer in cats, it all depends on the stage of the development of cancer in the cat. Treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and specific medications increase your cat's survival, with relatively low side effects. In short, the sooner the cancer is discovered, the greater your cat's chances of survival.
It is common for any animal to feel pain during the treatment of cancer. Treating your kitten's pain, in addition to improving his mood, will also speed up the recovery process. Pay attention to your cat's behavior during treatment. The cat, keeping its wild characteristics, hides its pain as a form of defense.
Observe whether he continues to eat and drink water, whether he is not whimpering hidden from you, whether he continues to play. If he is in pain, he probably will not do any of the things mentioned above. Always consult your trusted veterinarian to study the best treatment to ease your kitten's pain. Trust him too to look for the best treatment to cure cancer in your cat.